The Effective Author: Getting More Done by Changing the Way You Write Your List

The Effective Author: Getting More Done by Changing the Way You Write Your List

© 2018 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.

2018 To Do List

Sometimes the smallest changes have the largest impact, and changing the way you write your list of to-do’s is a place to see huge impact. With practice, you will notice massive energy and productivity results from this simple switch. Begin by making your list for today or the next several days, as you usually do.

Now think, or take to your heart, regarding how “heavy” each of these tasks is. There’s an old expression often used when one has taken care of a big thing: “Well, THAT’s a load off my mind!” So how much of a load is “on your mind” about each of the things on your to-do list for today and the next several days?

This is easy to see when you are getting ready for a huge talk, a conference, a trip, or all of these at once. The time frame is exact and will not change. You have a lot to do to prepare. It’s easy to make that list. And it would be great if all the tasks naturally fell in order. But it may seem that every task needs to be done first! Sound familiar? So how can you put them in order?

Which task stresses you out the most? Or, which task will you get the most relief from, when you get it completed? Recently, I used this question to sort my own tasks, before a big trip. It was close to the first of the month. Some deposits needed to be made, the mortgage and HELOC needed to be paid, and several smaller bills were due. A prescription needed to be filled. Clothes needed to be washed and travel grooming items checked/refilled/replaced. Weather predictions for my destination kept changing. I wanted to look through my tote bags and find one slightly larger than the one I used on my last trip. Oh, and the night before my flight, I had a huge meeting to help run.

All of these things were easy, and not one of them absolutely had to be done three days in advance of the trip. But I caught myself feeling stressed. So I asked myself, “Getting which thing done will give me the most relief?” The answer, oddly, was banking-plus-mortgage-payments, one of the quickest tasks on my whole list. I took care of that right away, and half my stress evaporated. Now I asked myself again, ““Getting which thing done will give me the most relief?” The answer quickly came: taking care of the prescription. Again, this was quickly done. And now, I had only a fraction of the stress. My energy was back, and I was zooming toward my trip.

Now to your stress relief: Write your list, and keep asking yourself, “Getting which thing done will give me the most relief?” Whack through, and you’ll be amazed at how much energy and time you have to be The Effective Authorsm!

Kebba Buckley Button
is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email Kebba’s newest book is the full-color Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, also available through her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group:

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1 Response to The Effective Author: Getting More Done by Changing the Way You Write Your List

  1. brad217 says:

    Love this Kebba. I’ve made a habit of keeping a notebook which documents the day and the 3 accomplishments that have occurred. I do this so that I can acknowledge my productivity. Often, we writers can spend an hour editing a sentence, so it doesn’t always feel as if we’re being productive. So keeping the list to 3 accomplishments – for me – does the trick. It allows me to say – oh yeah. I have been working.


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